Fulbright Scholar Award

Science and Technology

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Up To
Award Start Period
June 2023 - July 2023, or January 2024 - February 2024
Award Length
6 months - 10 months
Flex Option
South Africa
Multi-Country/Area Award
Computer Science
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Information Sciences/Systems
Materials Sciences
Medical Sciences
Public Health
Veterinary Medicine
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Grantees must conduct research; teach undergraduate or graduate courses; or do a combination of teaching and research in the area of specialization. If teaching, the grantee must contribute to curriculum development, supervise research, advise theses and provide tutorials, as needed.

Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Affiliation is possible at any of the 26 universities or technical universities in the new higher education structure. The names of host institutions are listed by geographic area of the main campus for Limpopo, Eastern Cape, North West, Gauteng, Free State, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape. Applications can be submitted to any campus for these institutions, including campuses in a city or province other than the main campus location.


Eastern Cape:

North West:




Free State:

Kwa-Zulu Natal:

Western Cape:

Award Length and Period

Grants can begin in June/July 2023 or January/February 2024, in accordance with the academic calendar of the host institution. Grants of six months or longer are possible, but 10 months is preferred. 

Areas of Interest

All disciplines are encouraged to apply, however the following fields will have priority consideration: agriculture, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, geology, global/public health, information sciences, physics and astronomy.

Special Features

The host university may provide housing for teaching awardees. This is discussed on an individual basis.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English; proficiency in another language is not required.

Additional Qualification Information

Scholars with a Ph.D. and the rank of associate or full professor (or the equivalent professional rank and experience) are preferred. For academics or professionals where proposals include teaching, at least five years of postdoctoral college or university teaching experience is expected. Research proposals can include early career applicants.

Additional Comments

Applications can propose sharing between institutions in the same geographic area; these applications must include one or more letters of invitation confirming the willingness of the relevant parties to share the scholar. If one letter, it must indicate that the potential host has communicated with the other institution(s) and all are in agreement to share. Placing U.S. Fulbright scholars at a range of South African universities is a priority. Applications involving historically disadvantaged South African educational institutions will be given priority. Please note that more applications are generally received from scholars proposing to work in the Western Cape than can be funded. Please contact the Fulbright Office at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa about university contacts in other regions.

Researcher and Professional Project Monthly Allowances
Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip, economy-class, international travel arranged by travel agent designated by IIE, for scholar and up to two accompanying dependents. An allowance of $2,850 will be provided to cover the costs associated with relocation and excess baggage.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,000 books and educational materials allowance for teaching and teaching/research grants; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure. (For Teaching and Teaching/Research grants only.) $3,000 research allowance for Research Awards only.

Additional Dependent Benefits

Additional living and housing allowance is provided for grantees with one accompanying dependent or two or more accompanying dependent. These amounts range from $350/month to $700/month. 

In addition, travel allowances are provided for up to two dependents. 

Dependent education allowance of up to $12,500 per child or $25,000 per family for accompanying dependents in grades K-12 is reimbursed for a full academic year, upon submission of receipts, and depending on funding availability. Amount may be adjusted for shorter grant periods. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only. 

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Special Award Benefits

When university housing is provided to Fulbright Scholars, grantees will receive a supplemental housing allowance for refurbishments, utilities, and other miscellaneous expenses that arise. The full housing allowance will not be provided to grantees if they elect to decline on-campus or university housing.

Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

South Africa

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The South African Department of Higher Education and Training, DHET oversees universities and other post-secondary education in South Africa.  Higher education was segregated under Apartheid.  However, since 1994 students have been free to enroll in any institution, and institutions have worked hard to increase the diversity of both the students and staff.  The South African higher education system, while not without its problems and challenges, is recognized as the best on the continent, with several institutions comparable to the best globally in a variety of international rankings.

Opportunities abound for U.S. scholars to forge collaborations with South African counterparts across many disciplines.  The goals of the Fulbright Scholar Program in South Africa are to support collaborative research in all disciplines, strengthen South African graduate education through teaching, and contribute to broader and longer term U.S.-South Africa institutional linkages.   DHET and other governing bodies have identified the lack of staff possessing a Ph.D as a priority and are addressing this within South Africa.  We encourage applications that would support this initiative.  Proposals will be considered from mid-career and senior academics for teaching and early-career, mid-career and senior academics for research. 

There are three main institutions of higher education: universities, universities of technology and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.  Universities offer degree courses that take a minimum of three to four years to complete. Universities of Technology offer mainly diploma and certificate courses, but also offer degree courses that take about three years to complete.  A University of Technology places emphasis on innovative problem-solving and career-directed courses, in addition to the basic responsibilities of a university.  TVET colleges provide students with skills that would lay a foundation for higher education and facilitate the transition from school to work. 

A Bachelor's degree is a three-year program and the curriculum tends to be a little more structured with less flexibility than at U.S. universities.  Students graduating with high enough scores can apply to stay on for a fourth (honors) year.  During this fourth year, students take honors classes and write a thesis. 

The South African academic year is usually divided into either two terms or four terms.  If two terms, they are from Jan/Feb to June and from July to early December.  If four terms, they are from Jan/Feb to March/April;  April/May to June;  July to September;  and Sept/Oct to Nov/Dec.

Dependent children of Fulbright Scholars have previously attended private South African schools.  The South African school system follows the United Kingdom Standard form of schooling. The South African school year begins in mid-January and ends in early December. The schools have a four-term year. Term dates vary from year to year and depending on the school, but are approximately as follows:

  • Term 1 - mid-January to late March;
  • Term 2 - mid-April to late June;
  • Term 3 - mid-July to late September;
  • Term 4 - early October to early December.

Students transferring from a U.S. curriculum based school need to be cognizant of the difference in school year start times.  Schools are also available that are based on the American curriculum and follow the U.S. academic calendar.  Contact the Office of Overseas Schools for more information. 



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